How to Check what BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Cumulative Updates are installed in your Servers with PowerShell

We cannot rely on documentation, if they exist, to be accurate, special regarding to the status of the machines present in the environment – I never found this kind of document that tells me what is installed on the machine, what are the updates (or CU) or service pack installed and so on… and regarding BizTalk Server, I do not remember another simple task like this, get or check the list of all BizTalk Cumulative Updates installed in your machine/environment, being so painful to perform!

Of course, there are some ways to check that, for example:

  • you can do it manually by checking “Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features” and then view the “Installed Updates”, however, this can be a very annoying task and sometimes time-consuming just to try to find them in that huge list because they are not organized in a category BizTalk

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BizTalk-CU2-and-3-In-UDDI-Category

  • you can use BizTalk MsgBoxViewer but still if you only want to check what CU are installed, or you need to analyze your entire system with this tool, or you need to uncheck all the select default queries and check only for the cumulative updates – which can also be an annoying and time-consuming task

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Check-BizTalk-CU-with-MsgBoxViewer-result

Probably there are other ways, nevertheless, I just want a quick and very easy way, because this is a basic and very simple task, to know what are the BizTalk Cumulative Updates installed like:

This is the list of BizTalk Cumulative Update installed in this machine: BTS2013R2LAB01
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU1
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU2
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU3

This way I know that I need to install the last CU available: “Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU4”. Yehhh!

PowerShell script overview

So how can we easily automate tasks? and reuse them whenever necessary and at the same time saving significant time for other tasks?

Using PowerShell is a good option. Windows PowerShell is a Windows command-line shell designed especially for system administrators and can be used by BizTalk administrators to help them in automating repetitive tasks or tasks that are time-consuming to perform manually.

This is a simple script that allows you to configure the template name of the cumulative updates, that will change from version to version, and will give you the list of all cumulative updates installed on your machine:

$keyResults = Get-ChildItem -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | where { $_.Name -match $CUNameTemplate}

foreach($keyItem in $keyResults)
{
    if ($keyItem.GetValue("DisplayName") -like "*$CUNameTemplate*")
    {
        write-host "-" $keyItem.GetValue("DisplayName").ToString().Substring(0,$keyItem.GetValue("DisplayName").ToString().IndexOf(" CU")+4)
    }
}

THIS SQL SCRIPT IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

After installing the CU4 in my machine the result was what I was expecting:

This is the list of BizTalk Cumulative Update installed in this machine: BTS2013R2LAB01
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU1
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU2
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU3
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 CU4

You can download the PowerShell Script used here from:

Check all BizTalk Cumulative Updates installed in server with PowerShell (2 KB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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